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Liverpool sign new sponsorship deal

Ian Ayre signed the deal. Credit: LFC

Liverpool have signed a new three-year sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered Bank.

The club's current deal with the company was to run until the summer of 2016, but it's has now been extended until 2019.

This extension further demonstrates the great strength of our long-term relationship and the success of our partnership with Standard Chartered.

The sponsorship of the Liverpool shirt is extremely prestigious and only five brands will have adorned the shirt in the 40 years since we created the sponsorship opportunity.

At the end of this term we will have been working in partnership with Standard Chartered for almost a decade and we continue to collaborate on our shared values, passion and commitment to the community.

– Billy Hogan, Liverpool FC's chief commercial officer

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Given to start against Liverpool at Wembley

Given will start at Wembley. Credit: PA

Boss Tim Sherwood has confirmed Shay Given will start Aston Villa's FA Cup semi final against Liverpool.

The veteran keeper turns 39 on Monday and will face the Reds on Sunday to continue his comeback at the club.

Given made just two league appearances under ex-manager Paul Lambert, although has been Villa's goalkeeper for the cups after losing his regular place to Brad Guzan in 2012.

He was loaned out to Middlesbrough last season and failed to play a game for Villa.

But Sherwood will put his faith in the Republic of Ireland international to help his side into the final.

He said: "Shay plays. Absolutely. He's done nothing wrong Shay, he's a large part of the reason we're in this semi-final.

"The saves he made against Leicester were fantastic and at the right time. He trains fantastically well and he's pushing Brad all the way for that No.1 spot."

Inter chief: It makes me sad to see Coutinho shine at Liverpool

Coutinho has been outstanding for Liverpool this year. Credit: PA

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio says it makes him said that former player Philippe Coutinho is shining at Liverpool.

Coutinho left the Italian giants in January 2013 for just £8m and has just been shortlisted for this season's PFA Player of the Year after a number of brilliant performances.

"He was just 18 when he arrived at the club from Vasco," Ausilio told Sky Italia.

“Then came Benitez and the expectations were very high. Rafa used him on the flanks in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

“He was not playing much and we lacked patience so we decided to sell him.

“I would like young players to grow and succeed here; when I seen them play for other clubs, it makes me sad.”

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